Carers' Resource is the local, specialist carers' centre for the
Bradford and Airedale, Harrogate and Ripon, and Craven districts of Yorkshire.

Carers' Resource - You care for them, we care for you

Volunteering Opportunities at Carers' Resource

Home from Hospital

As a Home from Hospital Volunteer, your role is to assist the Home from Hospital team by offering practical help and support to someone who has just been discharged from hospital, who without this support may be isolated or unable to cope on their own. This is a time limited intervention for up to 6 weeks.

Tasks you may be asked to do:

  • Supporting the person back into their own home.
  • Light domestic tasks – changing light bulbs, washing, testing smoke alarms and other household jobs.
  • Volunteers can help by collecting prescriptions and pensions, shopping and posting letters for those that have mobility problems.
  • Checking the client is safe, warm and well.
  • Just having a chat and being company.

Requirements:

  • Non-judgemental, sympathetic and a good listener
  • Ability to encourage confidence and motivation
  • Good communication skills
  • Be aware of potential risks
  • Own transport essential

Home from Hospital volunteers are needed in Bradford, Harrogate, Craven and Selby.

IT and Worth Connecting2

Carers’ Resource supports projects that assist isolated carers to feel more in touch with their families, friends and local communities. Your role is to support clients to alleviate social isolation and teach them how to use IT as a means of keeping in touch with the outside world.  This can be one to one in a client’s home or in a social group working with clients individually teaching them to use their mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

Tasks you may be responsible for:

  • Listening to their concerns
  • Showing the client how to use a computer, shop on-line, communicate and how to stay safe etc.
  • Completing case notes on the intervention
  • Ensuring the carers who need support are referred into to the appropriate team

Skills needed:

  • IT skills – these don’t need to be at a high level
  • Good communicator and listening skills
  • Reliable
  • Able to establish rapport easily
  • Confidence to work alone and in carers homes or the community
  • Be able to work as part of a team

IT Volunteers are needed in Bradford and Harrogate

Carers Time Off – Sitters

Carers Time Off gives carers of a partner, a family member or friend, the opportunity to have a break from their caring commitments by providing 2-4 hours of caring cover in or outside of the home on a regular or occasional basis during the day, evening or weekend.

Skills needed:

  • Good communicator and listening skills
  • Reliable
  • Able to establish rapport easily
  • Confidence to work alone and in carers homes or the communityCarers Time Off volunteers are needed in Harrogate, Craven and Selby

Group Hosts and Support

We rely on volunteers to host and support many of our activities. A friendly host who puts carers at their ease and makes each person attending feel welcome and included is vital to a successful group or event as are other support volunteers to ensure smooth running.

Events, groups and activities for carers and others are an important part of the service that Carers’ Resource delivers. There are coffee mornings, lunches and activity groups that give carers the chance to relax and socialise; workshops and courses that help carers develop new or existing skills or provide them with information that can help them in their caring role; and numerous other events to highlight and promote carers and their importance.

Skills needed:

  • Good communicator
  • Reliable
  • Good team worker
  • Organised

Caring Caller (Telephone)

The Caring Callers service relies entirely on volunteers. As a Caring Caller you will be in regular telephone contact with a number of carers giving them someone to talk to and being a friendly voice on the other end of the line.

Being a carer can be an isolating and lonely experience. Even if you have support from family and friends it can be difficult to truly open up about the pressures that caring for someone can make you feel. It can be very helpful to have someone totally separate from your life to talk to – whether about your caring itself or just to have a break and a chat. The Caring Callers service from Carers’ Resource provides carers with that friendly listening ear that can really help get you through a tough time.

Skills needed:

  • Good listener
  • Empathy
  • Committment